These are a totally sinful concoction containing more calories than one would care to count. A decadent dessert! Will satisfy any sweet tooth!

Recipe Summary

Servings:
12
Yield:
2 dozen
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix 1/2 cup butter or margarine, white sugar, cocoa, egg and vanilla in a heavy sauce pan or double boiler. Stir over low heat until mixture is of custard like consistency.

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  • Combine graham crackers, coconut and walnuts and add to the melted mixture. Mix well and pack into buttered 9 inch square cake pan.

  • Cream 1/4 cup butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla custard powder and milk. Beat until creamy and spread over melted base.

  • Refrigerate till hardened.

  • Melt semi-sweet chocolate with 1 tablespoon butter and drizzle over custard icing. Refrigerate. When totally hard cut into square bars.

Nutrition Facts

389 calories; protein 3.8g; carbohydrates 46.8g; fat 22.6g; cholesterol 48.9mg; sodium 199mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2009
This recipe is the closest on this site to the official Nanaimo City recipe (which I later found). The only major differences are: Almonds in the original recipe rather than walnuts. Also try using a total of 1/2 cup butter in the custard layer and use heavy cream in place of the milk. On personal preference I also use an extra square of chocolate in the top layer just so I know it will cover the whole pan. While I'm not a Canadian I am a native Northwesterner and my dad was a truck driver and we often rode the ferry to Nanaimo (to deliver boats) when I was kid. These are served on the ferries. It's really too bad that this is such an obscure recipe outside the Northwest becuase if people knew about it it would quickly become one of their favorite desserts. As for custard powder here is what I've found on accident. The Bird's Custard powder is in a yellow red and blue box. I hear it's easy to find in Canada but not so easy to find here in the US. I was shopping at some Asian stores in my area and low and behold there was the Bird's Custard Powder. Although I've used vanilla pudding I have to say it's worth a trip to some International markets to try and find the stuff. You can also find it in large grocery stores that carry lots of specialty and organic items (even though it's not organic). Rosauers carries it here in WA it's in a yellow/blue/red can in the baking aisle. You won't be disappointed. My mother and law also told me she has found Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/08/2010
The ratios of ingredients were too off for me to use this recipe; I actually started over with a different recipe that had better ratios. I made the crust and regretted putting in the full 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs it made it very dry and crumbly not at all the consistency needed for a crust. The egg should have been whisked lightly before adding to the melted butter and chocolate (off heat) so that it didn't get all "eggy" or scrambled into the mixture. So although Nanaimo bars are DELICIOUS the ratios are off and the directions need tweaking in order to make them delicious. Sorry! Read More
(15)
99 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 75
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2009
This recipe is the closest on this site to the official Nanaimo City recipe (which I later found). The only major differences are: Almonds in the original recipe rather than walnuts. Also try using a total of 1/2 cup butter in the custard layer and use heavy cream in place of the milk. On personal preference I also use an extra square of chocolate in the top layer just so I know it will cover the whole pan. While I'm not a Canadian I am a native Northwesterner and my dad was a truck driver and we often rode the ferry to Nanaimo (to deliver boats) when I was kid. These are served on the ferries. It's really too bad that this is such an obscure recipe outside the Northwest becuase if people knew about it it would quickly become one of their favorite desserts. As for custard powder here is what I've found on accident. The Bird's Custard powder is in a yellow red and blue box. I hear it's easy to find in Canada but not so easy to find here in the US. I was shopping at some Asian stores in my area and low and behold there was the Bird's Custard Powder. Although I've used vanilla pudding I have to say it's worth a trip to some International markets to try and find the stuff. You can also find it in large grocery stores that carry lots of specialty and organic items (even though it's not organic). Rosauers carries it here in WA it's in a yellow/blue/red can in the baking aisle. You won't be disappointed. My mother and law also told me she has found Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2007
This is a great recipe I remember it from Christmas' past. It was one of my mother's specialties and now it's mine. But a quick tip. Once the chocolate on top is hardened take it out of the refridgerator and let stand 30-60 minutes before cutting into squares. This softenes the chocolate just enough so it won't crack under the pressure of the knife. Chill after. Also if you want to make to impress double the custard icing and add a drizzle of white chocolate(melt 1/2 cup white chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon butter/margarine) on top while chocolate is still warm. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2003
I've had Nanaimo bars many times and this recipe called for a bit too many graham cracker crumbs. IT made the crust a bit to dry. Next time I'll reduce it a little. My sister says to just add the crumbs slowly until you reach the texture you want. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2006
I actually entered the contest back in 1985 to find the "Ultimate Nanaimo Bar" recipe. I didn't win but it was a wonderful experience. I usually reduce the graham wafer crumbs to 1 3/4 cups and use 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds insead of walnuts. For the middle layer I use 1/2 cup unsalted butter and cream insead of milk. A wonderful sweet treat from my home town!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/08/2010
The ratios of ingredients were too off for me to use this recipe; I actually started over with a different recipe that had better ratios. I made the crust and regretted putting in the full 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs it made it very dry and crumbly not at all the consistency needed for a crust. The egg should have been whisked lightly before adding to the melted butter and chocolate (off heat) so that it didn't get all "eggy" or scrambled into the mixture. So although Nanaimo bars are DELICIOUS the ratios are off and the directions need tweaking in order to make them delicious. Sorry! Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2002
I've had this recipe in the family for years. Do youself a favour when you make it & omit the walnuts & coconut. We've probably made the recipe over 100 times in our family in the past. Tonight for the first time in years I put in the coconut & walnuts, big mistake. Only good thing is it will take about 5 times as long as normal for the Nanaimo bars to disappear. I like walnuts & coconut but NOT in this recipe. Read More
(15)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2003
Great recipe! I doubled the middle part - the butter confectioners sugar custard and milk. Made a nice thick middle to match the crust. Most delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2008
I use the same recipe HOWEVER - I crush the chopped walnuts in a ziploc bag with a meat hammer so they are not huge chunks. I also use 1-1/3 cup of butter in the crust with 2 cups graham crumbs and 1/2 cup crushed walnuts in a 8x8 pan. Slowly add the crumbs to chocolate mixture to make for easy blending and this gives a nice thick crust. The directions should tell you to mix the milk and the pudding mix prior to adding it to the butter (a key step) for the frosting. I personally make 50% more frosting. The crust also works well with pecans and almonds... NO coconut thank you!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/03/2003
These were really good. This was the first time I've ever made these and I don't believe I've ever had them in the past. I didn't have enough cracker crumbs to make 2 cups so I used quick cooking oats to make up for the rest. I didn't add the coconut and instead of vanilla custard powder I used vanilla nut coffee creamer. I topped this off with some homemade hot fudge sauce I had made (also from this site) rather than drizzling it with melted chocolate. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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